Dr Diane Colombelli-Negrel

Academic Status

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences (201)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

PhD Biological Sciences (Flinders University)

D.E.A (equivalent Master) in Animal Behaviour (University of Paris XIII)

Maitrise (equivalent Honours) in Biology of Populations and Ecosystems (University of Paris XI)

Honours, awards and grants

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researchers 2014
- Flinders University, Adelaide
Best Student Paper Award 2011 - 3rd Symposium on Acoustic Communication by Animals, Ithaca, U.S.A.
People's Choice Award 2008 - Postgraduate Research Conference Flinders University, Australia

Adelaide & MLR NRM Board 2013, 2014-2016
Lirabenda Endowment Fund Research Grants 2012
National Geographic Society/ Waitt Grants Program 2011
Australian Geographic Sponsorship 2011
Sir Mark Mitchell Foundation Grant 2007- 2008 - 2010
Education Grant Australian Acoustical Society 2010
Holsworth Wildlife Research Grant 2007- 2008
Elaine Martin Travel Grant 2008
Nature Foundation SA Grant 2006
BSSA Student Field Research Grant 2006
Flinders University Student Travel Grant 2005

Research interests

My current research mainly focuses on embryonic learning and conservation. My Ph.D research has involved nest predation and its influence on the behaviour (e.g. nest concealment, nest defence) of a cooperative bird species, as well as communication among the individuals about danger. My postdoctoral research now focuses on prenatal learning with the aims to identify the neural substrates involved in embryonic learning, as well as how and when embryonic learning impact vocal production and acoustic discrimination after birth. My second postdoctoral project investigates the reasons behind populations decline of little penguin in South Australia, with a focus on predation, reproductive success, and population genetics.

Supervisory interests
Animal behaviour
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Behavioural Ecology (1)
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